Sunday, May 25, 2008

Talking About the Weather in Belize...

There’s no question at all that we are very much still in the “dry.” That’s the shortened term used here by the locals for the dry season. We haven’t had appreciable rain here on the Placencia Peninsula in Belize for weeks. I’m sure our Cabana guests are mostly happy about it, but dang... we need the moisture. Watering of plants and young trees is a daily chore and our dug well is barely keeping up with it... so costly piped-in water has to be used or risk losing valuable specimens. Since we do all our own landscaping (or 99% anyway), it’s one of those things we just have to keep up. I must say, Miss Karen is much better at doing this than I am. She has more patience for it, or maybe is just able to tolerate the standing in the hot sun, or the early morning or late evening half hour of “no-see-ums” and the occasional mosquito. That’s the coolest time to water, of course. We heard a rumble of thunder last night and saw some lightning off in the distance... but no joy. The Belize National Meteorological Service keeps calling for "isolated showers" in the South, but we aren’t seeing them. The temp now at 7 am is 87 F with 85% humidity and not a lick of breeze. We’ll break 90 F again today and that’s hot for us! The ceiling fans are all running overtime.

2 comments:

Brad said...

Hi,
I'm looking at traveling to Belize from June 1 - 7 and noticed on weather.com that Belize will have 60% chance of precipitation during that week, which means there is a good chance of rain. So my question is, when it does rain in Belize, does it rain for a hour or so (in spurts) or does it rain all day? When I traveled to USVI it seemed to come in small amounts lasting about a hour, then the sun came back out. Is it the same there?.

Drew Travers said...

Brad, you are quite right that the likelihood is that rain will be sporadic. The 60% figure is probably for the country as a whole and the rainy season moves from south to north... so if you are going to be in Punta Gorda, then you can expect rain! But if you are in other parts of the country, I suspect the chances are considerably lower for more than rain in spurts. There is good data to look at on the Belize Meteorological Service website. Will you be in the Placencia area?